Blinn College Blinn A to Z | Directory | About Us | Employment | Support Blinn     

Blinn, TEEX accepting students for new carpentry and plumbing programs

Courses feature nationally recognized curriculum and will be offered beginning June 5

May 16, 2017

Blinn College and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) currently are accepting registration for new carpentry and plumbing programs that will be hosted on The Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Campus.

The first course section will begin Monday, June 5, and registration is available at Blinn’s Post Office Campus, located at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan.

Are you a prospective student seeking more information? Contact Director of Technical and Community Programs Ken Dupre at ken.dupre@blinn.edu or 979-209-7560, or reach Technical and Community Programs Specialist Deloris Conley at Deloris.conley@blinn.edu or 979-209-7205

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national demand for plumbers is expected to grow 12 percent between 2014 and 2024, generating 49,100 additional jobs with a median pay of $50,620 per year. Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley anticipates 17 percent growth locally during that same span, with an hourly salary range between $12.17 and $21.27.

The national demand for carpenters is expected to grow 6 percent between 2014 and 2024, generating 60,400 jobs nation-wide with a median pay of $42,090 per year. Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley anticipates 14.5 percent growth locally during that same span, with an hourly wage between $11.65 and $18.

Blinn’s plumbing and carpentry programs are designed following NCCER curriculum. This nationally recognized curriculum was developed with the cooperation of more than 125 construction CEOs, trade association officials, and academic leaders. Students who complete these courses will earn the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Construction Certificate; the NCCER Core Construction Certificate; the NCCER Level I Certificate for plumbing or carpentry; and the Blinn College Certificate of Completion.

The Carpentry Program will include 155 contact hours of skills training and assessments covering building materials, fasteners, and adhesives; hand and power tools; construction drawings, specifications, and layout; floor systems; wall systems; ceiling and roof framing; building envelope systems; and basic stair layout.

The program also includes a 10-hour OSHA construction training course covering recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of workplace safety and health hazards, and 75 hours of skills training and assessments in basic safety, construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, basic rigging, communication skills, employability skills, and material handling. Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded the NCCER Carpentry Level I Certificate and their assessments will be entered in the NCCER National Registry as a Carpentry Level I completer.

The Plumbing Program will include 145 contact hours of skills training and assessments covering introductory plumbing; plumbing tools; plumbing math; plumbing drawings; plastic pipe and fittings; copper tube and fittings; cast iron pipe and fittings; steel pipe and fittings; plumbing fixtures; drain, waste, and vent systems; and water distribution systems.

The program also includes a 10-hour OSHA construction training course covering recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of workplace safety and health hazards, and 75 hours of skills training and assessments in basic safety, construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, basic rigging, communication skills, employability skills, and material handling. Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded the NCCER Plumbing Level I Certificate and their assessments will be entered in the NCCER National Registry as a Plumbing Level I completer.

Blinn’s 19-week plumbing and 20-week carpentry programs will consist of eight contact hours per week. Students do not require previous experience to succeed in the course.

Both programs begin with a core course that will be offered June 5-22. Once the core course is complete, the student can enroll the plumbing or carpentry course.

Students who are 18 years of age or older, eligible to work in the United States, and registered with the Selective Service (if male) are qualified for a scholarship that reduces the cost of the core course to $285, the carpentry course to $690, and the plumbing course to $615. For more information, contact Director of Technical and Community Programs Ken Dupre at ken.dupre@blinn.edu or 979-209-7560, or reach Technical and Community Programs Specialist Deloris Conley at deloris.conley@blinn.edu or 979-209-7205.

For more information about Blinn’s Technical and Community Education programs, visit www.blinn.edu/workforce